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An Adopted Woman’s Journey
Renée Clarke
“The gravest responsibility in life is to bring a child into the
world.” 1
“This poor child is motherless, and there’s not one thing worse in
this world than being motherless.” 2
“The woman’s natural instinct to keep and care for her young is
not strong enough to stand against society’s condemnation and
punishment for bearing a child out of wedlock, a child called ‘ille-
gitimate.’ The father of such a child assumes no responsibility
and our society makes no demands upon him. It is the child who
bears alone the total burden of his illegitimate birth. His best hope
is adoption.” 3